Backpack program

School personnel have long documented the far too many times that children don’t eat between Friday’s school lunch and Monday’s school breakfast. Studies have shown that hunger can lead to poor performance, behavioral problems and health problems.

Seeking to fill the void of the necessary nutrients children need to live, learn, and play, Feeding South Florida  identifies Title I Elementary Schools and/or afterschool programs that have at least 90% of their enrollment on federal nutrition assistance programs, have household incomes that fall at or below poverty lines, and are in under-served areas and provides them with packs of food for children to take home on the weekend.

What

Each backpack includes 2 breakfasts, 2 snacks, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. All food is shelf-stable, kid-friendly, and part of a well-balanced diet and fits perfectly into the child’s backpack.

When

Backpacks are picked up or delivered on Thursday afternoons for Friday distribution

Site Information

There are currently 12 sites enrolled in the backpack program, feeding approximately 1,350 children each week.

Palm Beach County
Boys & Girls Club Palm Beach County
Boys & Girls Club
Pioneer Park Elementary School
Grove Park Elementary School
West Riviera Park Elementary School

Broward County
Boys & Girls Club Lauderhill
Hallandale Elementary School
Sunland Elementary School
Oriole Elementary School

Miami-Dade County
Jesse J McCrary Elementary School
YWCA of Greater Miami
Abriendo Puertas
Overtown Youth Center

Monroe County
Early Learning Coalition
Key Largo Elementary School

How

With the assistance of generous funders, we are able to add locations on our waiting list as the funding for the program expands. We have found that in order to ensure the largest impact, committing to a location for at least a year, and serving at least 100 students is ideal. Funding includes the sourcing of food, sorting and making the packs, as well as delivery and supplies such as the plastic bag in which the food is contained. Sponsorship opportunities available.

To learn more about the Backpack Program, please contact Program Manager, Cagney Kobrin at CKobrin@FeedingSouthFlorida.org or call 954.518.1824. Should your or your company wish to learn more about program funding opportunties, please contact Sari Vatske,VP of Community Relations at 954.518.1842 or via email at svatske@feedingsouthflorida.org